Meet our

speakers

Lucia Asanache

Lucia Asanache

Google Digital Garage, Google

Lucia is a digital marketer with over five years’ experience managing digital presence and online strategy for global brands in the private and public sector. Her specialisms include content, analytics, landscape audits and user research, with a focus on B2B markets. She enjoys public speaking and mentoring on topics of interest such as digital, technology and education. As an education advocate, she is interested and intrigued in the role technology plays in the learning process and how digital skills can make a difference to people’s education, careers or businesses.

 

Kevin Bentley

Kevin Bentley

Cllr Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy

Kevin Bentley was elected to Essex County Council in 2009 and appointed as the Deputy Cabinet Member to the Leader. Having served two years in this post he was promoted to the Cabinet in 2011 and appointed Deputy Leader to the Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure in 2013. He now holds the portfolio for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy.

Kevin is also a Colchester Borough Councillor and has previously been Leader of the Conservative Group in Colchester. He has also served in the Colchester Borough Councillor Cabinet of holding the portfolio for Business, Tourism and Leisure. He has also stood for Parliament twice in Colchester.

Outside of politics Kevin is the Chairman of the awarding winning PR agency Mosaic Publicity and is a journalist by profession. Before leaving to set up Mosaic Publicity in 2000 he spent 20 years working for the BBC as a radio and television reporter and producer.Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy.

Alex Burghart

Alex Burghart

Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar

Alex Burghart was elected as Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar in June this year. Alex is the son of two teachers and became a teacher himself after reading history at Oxford before taking his doctorate at King’s College London where he also lectured.

Alex has been a policy adviser at the Department for Education, where he worked on the Munro Review of Child Protection and, just prior to this year’s General Election, was a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on social justice.

For four years Alex was Director of Policy at the Centre for Social Justice, the organisation set up by Iain Duncan Smith to tackle the root causes of poverty, where he led research on housing, welfare, education, and family policy. Before working  at 10 Downing Street,  he was deputy to the Children’s Commissioner. He is now a member of Work and Pensions Select Committee in Parliament.

Alex has sat on the Board of Yarlington Housing Group, was a governor at Queensmill School for children with autism, and has written for the Spectator, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Evening Standard.”

Sarah Brockwell

Sarah Brockwell

Director, SarahBee Marketing

sarahBee marketing ltd was started by Sarah Brockwell in 2010 on a budget of just £250. Sarah had been made redundant from a Head of Marketing position in a large City firm. Sarah recognised the need for businesses to get affordable, no-nonsense marketing and PR support. Sarah developed a flexible service on a ‘Pay as You Go’ or ‘outsourced/retainer’ basis.

Since start-up, sarahBee marketing has won SIX business awards in FOUR years (including Essex Businesswoman of the Year 2013, Best New Company in 2010 and 2011, Business to Business in 2011, 2012 and 2014).

sarahBee marketing has a simple and straightforward approach. We don’t need to advertise as we get new clients from recommendations and referrals. So far we have helped over 700 entrepreneurs to market their businesses.

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Sol-Tec, Head of Cloud Infrastructure Services

Over 20 years experience in the delivery of Microsoft focused IT services & solutions to all types and sizes of clients. Paul says: “I am able to draw upon a wide range of technical expertise as well as vast experience in client facing roles to deliver services and projects which yield multiple business benefits. I meet with business & technical influencers, IT professionals and start-up businesses to help them define their Technology strategy and understand how the use of cloud technology and in particular Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and adjacent technologies can transform their business.

Simon Farrell

Simon Farrell

Strategic Account Executive at Microsoft UK

Simon is a strategic account executive at Microsoft UK. Simon has spent the last 9 years in various roles at Microsoft, part of a 13-year career in IT. He spends his time helping customers large and small, define and meet their digital transformation ambitions, empowered by Microsoft’s cloud services. A firm believer that IT should be an enabler of productivity and innovation, rather than just a necessary cost, Simon’s goal is to enable people to realise Microsoft’s mission: to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Louise McKinlay

Louise McKinlay

Councillor, Brentwood Borough Council

Councillor Louise McKinlay was elected Leader of Brentwood Borough Council in 2009 and was the youngest ever female Council Leader in the country.

Professionally, she spent a number of years in the City and has established her own company, which works with businesses to reduce costs, manage projects and help them to change the way they operate to increase their profits. Her experience in the family business has also provided her with a good understanding of both the corporate and small business worlds and the challenges that come with both. Raised and educated in Leigh on Sea, Louise is now also Cabinet member for Resources at Essex County Council. Louise is actively involved in the community at every level and has overseen the instigation and implementation of many projects from Dunton Hills Garden Village to the Town Centre Design Plan. New council houses have been built and more are being developed, play areas and the green belt protected and the balance between demand for housing and new business opportunities successfully harnessed to improve and enhance the offering for Brentwood residents.

James Murray

James Murray

Director and Founder KFIT

James Murray is the founder and CEO of KFIT, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker and innovator. His new fitness product the Kfit Trainer was launched recently and fronted by Celebrity trainer Jessie Pavelka from the hit US show the Biggest Loser is going from strength to strength. James has landed coverage in print and broadcast around the world, including the Weekend show on ITV, commercials on SKY, the Metro, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror national newspapers and over 10 international health and fitness magazines. This workshop tells his story and how to get a product from Mind to Market.

James Sinclair

James Sinclair

Entrepreneur, Business Owner and Growth Advisor

James left school to become a children’s entertainer, now he runs a real ‘bricks and mortar’ business with 300 staff and sales of over £10m a year. James is much in demand from business owners keen to understand how he transformed from a teenage party entertainer into a hugely respected business owner.

Kay White

Kay White

Founder of Way Forward Solutions

Known as the Savvy and Influential Communication Expert for Ambitious Women in Business, Kay shows experienced career women how to be heard and understood and express the value of what they do, she says “as business women, we need to show up and sparkle day-to-day in business.”

Kay is the author of the #1 best-selling book, “The A to Z of Being Understood” and founder of Way Forward Solutions Ltd.

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